• publish: 3 May 2016
  • time: 12:22 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 3813
High Peace Council:

Efforts underway to remove Hekmatyar’s name from UN blacklist

Efforts are underway to remove the name of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar from the blacklist of the United Nations Security Council, the Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) officials have said.

According to the officials, the high peace council has reached to an agreement on 20 out of 25 proposed conditions of Hezb-e-Islami for joining peace process.

Deputy AHPC Chief Mawlavi Ata-ur-Rehman Salim has said only President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has the authority to decide regarding the remaining proposed conditions of Hezb-e-Islami. according to Khaama press.

He said the government is in contact with the UN Security Council to remove Hekmatyar’s name from the blacklist and President Ghani has promised to send his final decisions in this regard to high peace council soon.

The delegation of Hezb-e-Islami arrived for peace talks to capital Kabul in mid March and shortly after the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) called on militant groups to participate in direct peace talks with the Afghan government.

Hekmatyar is considered a notorious warlord for his involvement in the devastating civil war and insurgency following activities following the fall of the Taliban group.

Earlier, the group was insisting on full withdrawal of the foreign forces from the country to participate in peace talks.

However, Hekmatyar stepped back from his demands for the complete withdrawal of foreign forces with an official of Hezb-e-Islami Amin Karim saying that Hekmatyar is no longer demanding that all foreign troops leave Afghanistan.

The softening stance by Hekmatyar followed days after the representatives of the party said there will be no compromise on women’s rights if two sides agreed to strike a deal.

Earlier, it was reported that the party is seeking to become a government partner by seeking positions in civil and security institutions.

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